Keith W wrote:
> <sarcasm on>
> And we all recall the tolerance with they conducted affairs in the new
> world establishing what was to all intents and purposes a theocracy.
> <sarcasm off>
> Witch hunts, the persecution of the Quakers, Catholics and any other
> group other than their own led to the founding of other colonies in modern
> New England and along the eastern seaboard.
Pretty common attribute of humnaity, whether religious or political. You
complain about how oppressive the rulers are, then become just like them when
you get power. Just a different bunch of people in prison or worse.
One might also observe that those Puritans practice there religion by
"congregating" in meetings to discuss subjects, initially religious, but expanding
toward public affairs over time. These meeting served as democratic incubators
to some extent, so it wasn't all bad. Those Puritans just needed some time to
expand their focus!
Here in Massachusetts, all state residents paid a "tithe" for the support of
(largely Congregationalist), which was essentially the "state religion".
Massachusetts didn't remove state connections to religion from its constitution
until 1833, and still had mandatory tithes on a community basis all the way into
The Catholic Bishop of Holyoke, MA had to secretly buy the land upon which
Catholics of the town (Irish immigrants) built their cathedral. Had it been known
what the purpose of the purchase was for, it likely would have been prevented
in some way. That was around 1860 I believe and represented a "double whammy"
as far as the Enlish-centric, protestant town leaders were concerned: the Irish
being there in numbers, and Catholics in general!
The city was surely headed for ruin!